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article imageWeinstein scissors out 20 minutes from ‘Snowpiercer’

By Eduardo Arrufat     Aug 8, 2013 in Entertainment
London - The Weinstein Company is cutting around 20 minutes of footage from Joon-ho Bong’s film for its North American release. What’s the reason behind Harvey Weinstein scissor fury? Viewers are too stupid to get the complete version.
Critic Tony Rayns recently told Inside Film Australia that Weinstein is cutting 20 minutes from Snowpiercer in an attempt to make it easier to understand for the American public. In summary, the Weinsteins think viewers are like brainless sheep.
The director Joon-ho has explained that the footage removed “eliminates much of the character detail, which would make the film seem more like an action movie.”
“Leaving aside the issue of what Weinstein thinks of its audience, it seems to say the least anomalous that the rest of the English-speaking world has to be dragged down to the presumed level of American mid-west hicks,” Rayns said.
The insult does not end there, as Weinstein is interested in adding voice over work to the flick in the opening and closing of the film allegedly in an attempt to dumb down the picture even more.
About the film, The Hollywood Reporter reviewed it as “an intellectually and artistically superior vehicle to many of the end-of-days futuristic action thrillers out there. But while the references to real-life atrocities should certainly resonate with international audiences, the overt ways in which Bong hammers his points home actually make the film less powerful than the more layered political allegories of his previous films”
'Snowpiercer' came out in South Korea August 1st and it will reach the West when The Weinsteins decide that they have played enough Edward Scissorhands. It assembles a cast that includes Chris Evans (Captain America), Jamie Bell, John Hurt and Ed Harris with an estimated budget below $40 million. It is based on a French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.
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